When I big chopped, I knew that I would have to get used to my short, very short hair but I did not know I would have to deal with wiry harsh scab hairs (pic below). As my hair grew out it became softer and softer. After some research, I realized that I had been struggling with “scab hairs”…
Scab hair – Hair that is directly underneath the scalp that has been affected by the hash chemicals(i.e. relaxers, texturizers, dying). Even though the hair is new growth it isn’t “trained” to behave in it’s natural state. The hair can be straight-wiry, very dry, hard, and brittle. It usually takes somewhere around 6 months to a year to completely grow it out. – Derived from Motowngirl.com
When scab hair grows from the scalp (new growth) it may be rough, harsh, brittle, and dry. It does not have to be all over your head, it can be just certain areas such as the back or the edges. Just remember that scab hair is NOT your true texture because it has been greatly affected by chemicals. It may take up to 6 months or longer before you see your true texture.
The best things you can do to combat the dryness and brittleness is to keep the hair super moisturized and use Aloe Vera juice on the scalp. Kimmaytube’s Leave-in is a good option also (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5R-V_AuIEg). Aloe Vera juice will penetrate the scalp and help to repair the follicles with the added benefit of moisturizing the hair. Using water or a water-based moisturize will help. Another option is to cut the scab hairs but overtime this happens anyway with dusting and trimming so you may want to hold off on the scissors.
1 month natural...more scab hairs
2 months natural...getting better but still dealing with scab hairs
3 months natural...dusted a small bit and curls starting to come in...my true texture starting to show!
6 months natural...I still had a few scab hairs in the back-middle of my head but the front and sides were looking good.
9 months natural
11 months natural...No more SCAB HAIRS...
So it took me approximately 10 to 11 months to get rid of my scab hairs.
Have you ever had scab hairs? What did you do about them? How long did it take to grow out?